Friday, January 30, 2015

Tiny Paint tip

There are a lot of small painting jobs in a Tiny House. Lugging out a big paint tray and brush or roller seems like overkill.
So I found a couple of things to make those small paint jobs easier.
This Trim Paint kit I picked up at Home Depot is the first step...

This turkey baster is the next tool. Filling a small paint tray can get really messy! So I thought about how to fill it without drips. This is what I came up with and it works great!

Fill your baster from the can, 
then fill the tray from the baster!
I actually filled it holding it over the can so no drips would escape if my aim wasn't great.
If you don't feel like cleaning the baster every time, you could just buy a few from the dollar store and toss it when done.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

The loft is coming together!

My new mattress from Tuft & Needle is here!
Really nice 5 in. high, full size mattress. Much cheaper than a standard coil mattress, made in the U.S.A. too! Very comfortable and about 6 inches shorter than the twin that was there:) It is a lot lighter than the spring mattress too!
Very comfy to sleep on with my heated mattress pad and easier to move around the loft. Made painting the ceiling support boards much easier, with 6 inches more headroom!
Looks very bright and has almost a whitewashed effect on the boards.
Left the skylight open for awhile and there was really very little smell! Next job.. insulating the rest of the ceiling.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

One step step back

The new year has blasted in with cold temps and way too much rain! So we are flooding again.

The Water starts pouring in..
My Neighbor helps me cut a channel so it flows on the other side toward the street, not toward the house. But that wasn't enough, it started overflowing and threatening the house side! So I called my Daughter who came straight from Church..
I promised her I would mention that these are NOT her clothes. We had to pull them from my disaster kit in my car because she still had her church clothes on.
Between the two of us (mostly her) we got the water going in the right direction and here is the end result.
It is amazing how much dirt fast moving water can take with it!
But on the plus side, I got my new Tuft & Needle Mattress! Pictures in the next installment:)

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


Getting the Sleeping loft insulated should make things a lot warmer up there.
Sliding those panels right in! It is actually 2 panels, the deepest I could get was 3 inches so each section has a 3 in panel and a 1 1/2 inch panel as well!
Now all the panels are in except for the little tiny ones around the top and bottom of the skylight. The first two actual white ceiling panels are up too! There will be a central cross piece and a top and bottom piece to secure them in place. 
They are super light corrugated plastic, so they even have a bit of insulating power themselves! Ordered them from Home Depot on line because they are not available in stores and I really prefer this way as they arrived in immaculate condition:)

I will find out how much that insulation helps tonight when it drops into the 30's again.

It actually got hot enough today while I was working, I had to open the skylight to let out some heat!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Healing and Safety

Now that my face is healing well, I have come up with some ways to keep anyone else from face planting!
The potted Rosemary plants were on sale at Home Depot for $5 each so I bought 4. That way each tie-down has one, as well as now being wrapped in pink safety tape.
Face is looking much better!
Wal*Mart Vision center even replaced my lenses for free! Did you know, if you buy glasses at Wal*Mart and they get broken within 12 months in an accident they will replace them free? Mine were less than a week old! So now I'm ready to get back to work! Siding, windows and ceiling!